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Hand dominance and scoliosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  973785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twenty-three patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and scoliosis were studied. In all but one patient the major convexity was to the side of the dominant hand. The unsupported growing spine is easily unbalanced by asymmetrical forces imposed on it. From our observations we believe major use of a single upper extremity will result in scoliosis with the major convexity toward the side of the dominant hand. Management should include counterbalancing the postural abnormality imposed by hand dominance as well as unloading the spine frequently during the patient's waking hours.
E W Johnson; S K Yarnell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0003-9993     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  1976 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-12-03     Completed Date:  1976-12-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985158R     Medline TA:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  462-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Functional Laterality*
Muscular Dystrophies / complications*,  rehabilitation
Scoliosis / etiology*,  therapy

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